What is it?
Waterproofing is usually selected for foundations in areas with very high water tables or continuous rainfall where the foundations are likely to be exposed to liquid water often.
Damp proofing is sometimes used on foundations in very dry areas where the foundations are unlikely to come into contact with liquid water. A popular choice though is to waterproof foundations and then damp proof the structure of the house above ground.
How is it done?
Damp proofing is done by cleaning the surface to be treated with great care, as any dust could cause the product to lift, allowing damp in. The damp proofing course or product is then carefully applied to all parts of the surface by a waterproofing professional at exactly the right thickness, and allowed to dry completely before a second coat is added. Once the second coat has been added it must be given time to dry entirely before the surface can be declared damp proof and paint or coverings can be applied over the treatment.
Why you need it and how it will benefit you.
Damp proofing will protect your home from two types of damp, rising damp and penetrating damp. Rising damp is caused by water rising through the walls, and is usually caused by exposure to soil moisture at ground level or high water vapor levels. Penetrating damp is caused by an issue with a downpipe or gutter system where water is constantly dripping onto the walls, never giving them time to dry out.
It can also be caused by frequent exposure to rain. Without damp proofing either of these types of damp can cause problems for you and your family. The most dangerous of these is the formation of mildew and mould which can cause various health problems such as aggravating asthma in people who already suffer from it, or causing breathing difficulty in people who don’t.
The presence of the spores in the air released by these organisms is what causes these breathing difficulties. Other inconvenient and costly problems are the damage that damp will cause to your paint and plaster, meaning more frequent repainting and re-plastering.
To keep your home damp free, your family’s health in excellent condition and your pockets safe from frequent paint jobs, call us today at TT Waterproofing to discuss your damp proofing needs!
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